Out With Mr Walker During COVID-19

A painting on the wall of Mr Walker, Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart)

Tonight, we went out and had dinner at Mister Walker’s in South Perth. We had a lovely time and just enjoyed being out an about on a blustery spring evening.

We know that in Western Australia, we have been very fortunate regarding the pandemic. We have been moving around freely for quite some time now. However, that is only because of the hard border in place. At 2.2M km2 that’s one person and one kangaroo per square kilometre. We have had 661 cases of COVID-19 and 9 deaths.

Linda and the boys on our way into Mister Walkers on the Mends Street Jetty with Perth in the background
Linda and I

I have had a small part to play regarding COVID-19 here. Judging what’s right for a community is never easy, but you do the best you can and in the most informed way possible. However, it’s all about leadership and understanding what is not just medically right, but morally and ethically too.

Across the Swan River to East Perth – you can just see two of the light towers at the WACA

The WACA is one of Cricket’s great venues throughout the history of the game. When I played Cricket, I was fortunate enough to train at the WACA through the winter. We were coached by Mark McPhee, and then by some other notables of the game, Tom Moody, Bruce Yardley and Keith Slater. Anyway, in a future blog on leadership and captaincy, I might just tell a few cricketing stories from that time.

Image of the WACA courtesy of Austadiums

Then, as I sat down from taking this photo, who should walk in and sit down next to us – perhaps Cricket’s greatest fast bowler of all time – Dennis Lillee. Now, my last encounter with Dennis goes back a long way and that’s a story for another time. However, his 8/29 at the WACA against the world’s best batsmen in 1971 is considered one of the most remarkable in the history of the game. He was totally unplayable.

Savannah and Dean

We had a chance to discuss how Savannah’s next movie is going – Before Dawn. She returns to site next week to start closing out the construction of the outside sets for the battle scenes and other key story lines.

Mr Walker’s Ice Cream Sundae for Two. We didn’t finish it 😁
A view to the west over the Causeway – Kings Park and Millionaires Row
Frill Necked Lizard outside Mister Walker’s – the start of the avenue through to the Perth Zoo
Wherever you are, I hope that you are enjoying your weekend and that you are safe and well 😉

13 thoughts on “Out With Mr Walker During COVID-19

  1. What a lovely day out! It is always great to be able to step outdoors and not be paranoid that you will die of coronavirus. Your children are so cute, too! Oh, and I like that painting you shared. Makes me think of Sherlock Holmes. So mysterious.

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    1. It was a lovely day out. The restaurant did everything responsibly, so our minds were at rest and it was nice to be able to walk along the foreshore. We had great views all around us and enjoyed watching the boats coming and going. The painting is well positioned in the restaurant. I took to the whole detective vibe straight away. I wouldn’t mind it hanging up at home. Thank you for your comments re our children. It’s always nice to know we did get something right 😂

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    1. We are trying to stay safe as long as possible. We have managed the pandemic well so far and managed to get on top of the situation early, which allows us to move relatively freely within our state for now. Thank you for dropping by and please stay safe and well too!

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    1. I am sure you will get to see one, one day. They are the most amazing creature to see in real life. They were on our two cent coins until they were withdrawn from circulation. They are now worth $3 each, $15 if in mint condition – imagine that (I think we have a roll or two of coins somewhere). There are commemorative silver coins out there too.

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  2. Hi Sean – blessings for you and the family that you can actually go outside and enjoy the sites. That photo of you and Linda is brilliant! Great shot.

    I am super impressed with the WACA stadium. Most impressive are the light ‘towers’ worth all of the 4,2 million spent on them – a substantial amount of money for 1986 I must say, They are quite fascinating. Wikipedia states that it costs $600/hour to run. I can see that though. It costs our local high school $20,000 plus one year in just bulb replacement to light the football|soccer field before they moved over to LED lights in 2015. I have a friend from Trinidad who is quite mad for Cricket. He streams matches and keeps track of it all. I have never seen a match so I will take this opportunity to learn something new. I will find one and watch it!

    Yes, you certainly did manage the pandemic well! In my county alone we have had 9,172 cases with 621 deaths. I am personally still in lock down and the grandkids are on remote learning. We could certainly use your level headed and organized expertise here. On second thought, I think too highly of you to bring you into the mess over here 🤣😂😄

    Curious minds need to know Sean – what is the white material on the sundae? Is is spun sugar?

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    1. Hello Rita, thank you for the blessings and yes, we are so very, very lucky.

      Yes, that is spun sugar. I usually don’t eat desserts, but the home made ice cream was fabulous.

      The WACA is a great stadium. I was fortunate enough to be a part of it, both as a spectator and as a participant.

      Well, you can tell your friend about the WACA. It was considered the favourite venue for fast bowlers the world over. If you mention the name Dennis Lillee to him his eyes will light up in understanding. As a young fast bowler, DK (and Jeff Thompson) terrorised the West Indians. They learnt from this of course and came to dominate the game in later years. I was an opening batsman and modelled my self on Gordon Greenidge (but I didn’t even possess the talent he had in his left pinky fingernail). He was a Barbadian, just fabulous.

      Well, it will be interesting if you do watch a game. There are many different types. I’m a traditionalist, so I love the long form and not the more recent short forms of the game (T20). Don Bradman (an Aussie and the greatest player the game has even known had an interesting relationship with Babe Ruth). Here is a nice little summation:

      https://www.foxsports.com.au/cricket/when-babe-met-sir-don-the-anatomy-of-cricket-and-baseballs-cosy-history/news-story/b2c4880f9624301524019c8ecb855fe3

      It’s a great game for taking photos. Even South Korea has a cricket team now!

      I can appreciate what you are saying about the pandemic. I have been reading blow by blow descriptions re county by county in each US state. I know in terms of my involvement we just keep bringing everyone back to the “one source of truth.” Rita, just know you are doing the right thing re the lockdown and your family. Keep safe and as I just said to Linda “have another drink” 🤣😂🤣

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  3. Cricket – I learned some new things but cricket is still as confusing as Fantastic Mr. Fox’s Whack-Bat. I finally learned after 65 years on this planet what sticky wicket really means. 😏 The difference in the ball itself and that those poor players with no gloves – ouch!

    I went to YT and found a Netflix show ‘Explained | Cricket | FULL EPISODE | Netflix’ and it was an eye opener. I learned the difference between a Test, One Day and T20 formats. I learned what IPL and BBL mean. I can see why T20 is gaining popularity as folks do not have the time to sit for an entire day or even 5 days. I even looked at the Ashes Test series and read about that rapscallion Douglas Jardine’s ‘leg theory’. Made me think – hit a ML batter today (purposely or not) and the benches clear ⚾!

    I feel in a much better position to discuss cricket with him and all the folks who attend his annual Christmas party. Thanks Sean!

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  4. Rita, it’s fabulous how you have dived in regarding cricket. The great thing about the game is how it has always transformed itself. Apart from playing and umpiring the game, I have many books on the subject, including some historical texts. So, at one point I could have told you some amazing things regarding the history of the game going back 300 years or so.

    I’m sure you would have picked up that with Douglas Jardine and his “leg theory,” or bodyline as it was more commonly known, did lead to a serious diplomatic incident between Australia and the “mother country” at the time. The rules of the game were changed afterwards, but, sadly, we still have deaths every year from blows to the head. No, we don’t clear the benches. We want to eyeball the perpetrator(s) and applaud those who survive (which is interesting for a laid back lot).

    There was one occasion where I was playing for a new club and Linda received a phone call one afternoon to say I had been carted off to hospital and I was having more than just a few stitches inside my mouth and so on. I had misjudged a full toss and foolishly wasn’t wearing my helmet. They were surprised how calm she was. She said to them it wasn’t the first time I had ended up in hospital and she would pop down shortly.

    Well, I do hope you get to enjoy a Christmas party with your friend and other folks at some point and have those cricketing discussions.

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